Stem Cells: Scientific Facts and Fiction by Christine Mummery, Ian Sir Wilmut, Anja Van, De, Stolpe Stolpe, Anja, Bernard Roelen | | 9780123815361 | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Stem Cells: Scientific Facts and Fiction

Stem Cells: Scientific Facts and Fiction

by Christine Mummery, Anja van de Stolpe, Bernard Roelen, Hans Clevers
     
 

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Recent advances in the fields of medicine and technology have led to the development of stem cell therapy. A stem cell is a cell that has the potential to develop into many different types of cell in the body. It has the ability to divide and copy itself and at least one other specialized type of cell.
Stem Cells was written to provide information about the

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Recent advances in the fields of medicine and technology have led to the development of stem cell therapy. A stem cell is a cell that has the potential to develop into many different types of cell in the body. It has the ability to divide and copy itself and at least one other specialized type of cell.
Stem Cells was written to provide information about the development of stem cell therapy, which can be used in the fields of research and medicine. The main goal of the book is to provide readers with an overview of the scientific facts about stem cells and its promising effects on the human body, as well as on the creation of new drugs and medicines. The book also highlights the ongoing clinical research into stem cells and lists the therapies whose effectiveness is being investigated.
Many scientists argue that stem cell therapy will be of great help to patients and society if it is proven to be safe and effective.

*  Explains in straightforward, non-specialist language the basic biology of stem cells and their applications in modern medicine and future therapy

*  Includes extensive coverage of adult and embryonic stem cells both historically and in contemporary practice

* Richly illustrated to assist in understanding how research is done and the current hurdles to clinical practice

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"... an impressive encyclopedia of modern biotechnology that presents complex material in short, easy-to-grasp chapters...a solid, informative effort...Summing Up: Highly recommended."--CHOICE

"...Explains in straightforward, non-specialist language the basic biology of stem cells and their applications in modern medicine and future therapy…Includes extensive coverage of adult and embryonic stem cells..."--Anticancer Research, February 2015

"... a valuable resource for both biologists and nonbiologists interested in the history and the state-of-the-art developments in the field of stem cell research and its applications. The writing style is quite engaging, and numerous illustrations help to explain the concepts. 3 Stars - Score: 85"--Doody's.com, Nov 14 2014

Stem Cells, 1st Edition - Winner of two British Medical Association 2011 awards: BMA Board of Science Award for the Public Understanding of Science and First Prize in the category of Basic and Clinical Sciences

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Reviewer: Joanna Goral, PhD (Midwestern University)
Description: This is a comprehensive and accessible overview of the history and recent developments in academic and clinical stem cell research. With the many advances and new developments in this dynamic field, this update of the 2010 edition is fully justified.
Purpose: The book extensively reviews the scientific facts about stem cells and their remarkable promise in developing new treatments for cancer and chronic diseases of old age, in drug discovery, and their application in biotechnology and tissue engineering. The authors also address ethical issues that surround the use of embryonic stem cells and warn about fraudulent stem cell practices that continue to increase.
Audience: The intended audience is diverse, including students and scientists, as well as nonbiologists, who are interested in this field.
Features: Among the many publications in the field of stem cell biology, this book is truly important because of its accessibility to a general audience. The opening chapters introduce the basic biology of the cell, describe embryonic development, and define and characterize different types of stem cells. Subsequent chapters are devoted to applications of stem cells in regenerative medicine, the significance of stem cells in cancer development and treatment, new developments in human disease models, personalized medicine, and drug discovery. Applications of stem cells in veterinary medicine are also discussed. The field of stem cell research offers great promise, but is mired in controversy and the authors present all sides of the debate. They also devote an entire chapter to "stem cell tourism," a practice among patients who pay large sums of money for often unproven stem cell therapies.
Assessment: This is a valuable resource for both biologists and nonbiologists interested in the history and the state-of-the-art developments in the field of stem cell research and its applications. The writing style is quite engaging, and numerous illustrations help to explain the concepts. Many historical, informative, and anecdotal vignettes enliven the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780123815361
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
11/23/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
324
File size:
6 MB

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